Gardening in the Blind


Planning has started
September 29, 2010, 2:46 pm
Filed under: animals, Green, Reuse

My garlic chives going to flower!

As the nights are crisper and the leaves start falling, that could mean only one thing.  Thoughts for next year and thoughts for the winter project.  Now this has been mainly home renovation, but this year I am adding something new to the list.  One thing that can green us up a bit.  So, inspired by an art installation in Cambridge, MA I have decided to learn about and build a methane digester.  Why you ask?

Hopefully through research and luck, I want to build a methane digester to power a light in the chicken coop.  This entails not only adding something new to the coop but also adding a use for the dog poop I get mulitple times every day.  It is always said that every animal needs to have a purpose.  This will get the dogs in on the game. 

It is funny how things end up going in a full circle when you are trying to learn to be more self-sufficient.  I want to take this time to learn as much as I can on doing things for myself and not relying on others.  I am making the most of our little “homestead” in the burbs.  So when the day comes that we can have a larger area, we will have a jump start!  So here is to the poop and light and everything nice!



On the way to self sustaining
February 14, 2010, 9:37 am
Filed under: Green, Herbs, Indoor Gardening, Reuse, Seedlings

Dried Herbs

 

I still have this need to sell stuff out of my garden in order to pay for the seeds.  It didn’t happen last year, although I did get around $50.  This year I am going to try harder!  I am trying something new.  I am taking matters into my own hands.  I have really high hopes.  I created an Etsy shop – www.starlite101.etsy.com in order to sell my dried herbs.  So far it has been a no go, but I did get someone at work who wanted Oregano.  That is a plus!  I have started my jar to see what I will get by the end of the season.  Between selling both fresh herbs during the season and dried herbs off-season I am eager to see what will come of it.  

One of the purses I have made

 

In addition to selling my dried herbs, I am also selling purses from discontinued memo samples from work.  I am going to keep this money separate from the herbs, but it will be applied to the garden as well.  If you have any more ideals please let me know.  I am going to try everything including selling some perennials (Thanks Shelly for the idea last year!).  

I am in hopes that I will have some really healthy basil and cayenne peppers to sell around planting time.  They might be too big for people though.  They are growing like a weed!  My lavender and Rosemary have been slow to germinate, but have started growing as well.  Cilantro is almost to the point where I need to trim it!  The same is true for the arugula.  Very exciting stuff happening in my basement this winter.